Rabbi George’s Sermons

Yom Kippur 2019: Wednesday, October 9 – Rabbi George’s Sermon: Choosing Life

Rosh Hashanah 2019: Sunday, September 29 – Rabbi George’s Multi-Generational Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon: Her Right Foot: The Statue of Liberty and the Jewish-American Experience

Rosh Hashanah 2019: Monday, September 30 – Rabbi George’s Rosh Hashanah Day Sermon:The Meaning of “Shalom” as we Enter the New Year

Friday, August 30, 2019: “How Tribal are We?” Watch it HERE.

Friday, August 23, 2019
“What does it mean to be a loyal Jew?”
Watch it HERE, or Read it HERE.

Friday, July 19, 2019

“Hide or fight, what does our tradition tell us to do? Click HERE to watch.

Rabbi George Gittleman The summer Torah readings are all b’midbar, in the wilderness, part of the story of our ancient ancestors’ mythic 40-year trek from Egypt to the Promised Land. Most of the story is laid out in the Book of Numbers (the Hebrew name is actually B’midbar). Some of Numbers is captivating, like the … READ MORE.

June 7, 2019: “The Rarest Color Blue”


June 2, 2019: “Protecting the Vulnerable” at the Center for Spiritual Living.


March 31, 2019: Sermon – “Holy Fire”.


January 4, 2019: Sermon – “The Seventy Names of the Divine”.


November 30, 2018: Sermon – “The Key to Happiness”


November 27, 2018:

Podcast “Explore the Space with Rabbi George – Crisis Leadership”

To listen, click HERE.

November 1, 2018: Hundreds Gathered at Solidarity Interfaith Service for Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Our hearts are broken over the tragic events at The Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they mourn and begin the long road of recovery from this unimaginable loss. May they find comfort and strength in the knowledge that they are not alone in their grief; that Am Yisrael, the Jewish People here in Santa Rosa and around the world, stands with them.
Participating Congregations:
Congregation Beth Ami, Congregation Ner Shalom, First Presbyterian Church, Christ Church United Methodist, First United Methodist Church, The Center for Spiritual Living, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Rosa.

September 18, 2018: Kol Nidre Sermon “Three Poems for the Evening of Yom Kippur”

September 10, 2018: Rosh Hashanah Sermon “Lost and Found”


August, 2018: 
Radio Show with Rabbi George & Rabbi Ted Feldman on the Meaning of the Holy Days
To listen, click HERE.

April 27, 2018: Holiness: A Humanist View


April 11, 2018: Yom HaShoah Sermon: “Resistance”


March 2, 2018: Shabbat Sermon: “Pot Brownies at the OnegMarijuana Dispensary as a Fundraiser? Is Cannabis Kosher?”


October 20, 2017: Shabbat Sermon: “Who By Fire”

October 2017:

Rabbi George joins with other religious leaders discuss how faith communities are helping cope with the North Bay wildfires.

Listen Here: October Fires – Rabbi George

Rabbi George on “Religions and the Environment”

At the CST forum on climate change and population growth.

Read Here: Religions and the Environment

September 20, 2017: Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon “Avinu Malkeinu


September 29, 2017: Kol Nidre Sermon “The Windphone”


October 2016:

Rosh Hashanah Sermon: “The True Voice of The Holy One”

October 2016:

Kol Nidre Sermon (Text) “Values”

Read Here:  Kol Nidre Values

June 15, 2016: Rabbi George Speaks at the Multi-denominational “Vigil for Orlando” 

January 25, 2015: 

Rabbi George’s remarks at the CST forum on Climate Change and Overpopulation “An Open and Urgent Question”

Read Here: An Open and Urgent Question

September 2015: Kol Nidre Sermon (text) “Let me not die while I’m still alive”.

Read here: Let Me Not Die While I’m Still Alive

September 2015: Rosh Hashanah Sermon “To Be Human…”

Read here: To Be Human

September 2015: High Holy Day Sermon “L’Chaim

Read Here: L’Chaim

September 2014: Yizkor Sermon “The Poetics of Loss & Memory”

Listen here: The Poetics of Loss & Memory

September 2014: Kol Nidre Sermon “Do You Love Me?”

Read here: Do You Love Me?

September 2014: Yom Kippur Sermon in memory of Rabbi David Hartman “A Blessing in the New Year”.

Read here: Blessing in the New Year

September 2014: Rosh Hashanah Sermon 

Shabbat Sermon “Newton”

Read here: Newtown Sermon

September 2013: Kaddish & Yiskor Sermon

Read here: Kaddish/Yiskor

September 2013: Rosh Hashanah Sermon “Interbeing”

Read here: Interbeing

September 2013: Yom Kippur Sermon “Vulnerability”

Read here: Vulnerability

September 2012: Yom Kippur Sermon “Valley of the Shadow”

Read here: Valley of the Shadow

September 2012: Rosh Hashanah Sermon “Hineini, Here I Am”

Read here: Hineini, Here I Am

September 2011: Yiskor Sermon “The Death of Moses”

Read here: The Death of Moses

September 2011: Rosh Hashanah Sermon “Yom HaDin – Day of Judgement”

Read here: Yom HaDin | Day of Judgement

April 2010: Yom HaShoah Sermon “To Be Human in a Place Where There is No Humanity”

Read here: To Be Human in a Place Where There is No Humanity

April 2009: Sermon “How Open is Our Tent”

Read here: How Open is Our Tent

September 2010: Rosh Hashanah Sermon

The Whole World is a Narrow Bridge | Rosh Hashanah 5770


Life Hanging in the Balance | Erev Rosh Hashanah 5770


Torah Then and Now


In Search of Sin | Yom Kippur 5769


Meta: Loving-Kindness | Erev Rosh Hashanah 5768

The Broken and the Whole

No Isaac, Not Anyone

Being Human

My Heart is in the East but I,  I am at the Edge of the West

Yizkor 5764

The Blessing of America

Remembering What Makes Life Worth Living

A Response to the War in Iraq

A Memory That Leads to Redemption

Yizkor 5763

Choosing Life

Barukh Hashem

The Secret of Jewish Survival

Avodah Sh’balev: Work of the Heart